Add adventure to your cruise ship experience with Pisa and Florence Shore Trip departing from Livorno Port and heading out to see the monuments and museums of Pisa and Florence.
The slant, just under 4°, gives the bellower its the name: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But did you know there is so much more to see in Pisa?
Before we spend time exploring the Piazza dei Miracoli with the tower, baptistery, cathedral, “campo santo” and museums we will explore the inner city, the Arno River and the famous persons who once resided here, like Galileo.
⇒ Tickets to climb the Tower of Pisa will need to be purchased in advance (you can do that at this website www.opapisa.it) Please advise if you want to climb the almost 300 steps to the top, so we can make appropriate time allocations. The booking for these tickets is possible 45 days in advance, the earlier the better – they run fill-up quickly. Be sure to bring photo ID if you have a ticket to climb the tower of Pisa.
Pisa, once served as one of the main Italian maritime republics, until the sand and sediment from the Arno river moved the shoreline towards what is now Livorno and your port of call.
From mysterious beginnings, this city is now famous worldwide for its leaning bell tower, Pisa also boasts a beautiful cathedral, one of the earliest known universities (from the 1200’s), over 20 churches and home to many special talents like that of Andrea Bocelli.
We will start with an amazing panoramic view from above at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can see the major monuments and the Florence skyline. We will skip the lines and view the white marble statue David by Michelangelo, as well as many other famous sculptures and paintings at the Accademia. (The museum is closed on Mondays).
Our walking tour of the city will include visiting the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore (outside only) and the Baptistery which is located in front of the marble facade of the church. We will also explore the antique, cobbled-stone streets of Florence and view Piazza Signoria, the impressive town hall from the 14th-century, Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno River, Dante’s house and the beautiful church of Santa Croce, the final resting place for several of Florence’s illustrious giants – like that of Michelangelo and Machiavelli.
The capital of Tuscany, Florence, is a gem to behold. It’s antique origins reach as far back as the Etruscans and Romans and the city streets are filled with subtle reminds of their influence. The Medici family had a large influence on its growth to power and epicenter for the arts. They were experts amassing funds to conquer neighboring towns (including Pisa) and known as great patrons to the arts, which are the basis for many of their renowned museums including the Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery.
Please note, if due to inclement weather the cruise ship needs to dock in La Spezia, there will be an adjustment in travel costs.